Hawaii Island News, 04/05 September 2009


The fate of the Kealakekua Public Library remains uncertain as the Board of Education considers ways of keeping the state's public libraries open during a time of financial constraint.  The Kealakekua Branch is one of three libraries that could be closed.  The Holualoa Public Library was shut down earlier this year.  State Library spokesman Paul …

Hawaii Island News, 04 September 2009


Deputy Corporation Cousel Brooks Bancroft tells the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" that a car accident caused by former Mayor Harry Kim will cost taxpayers almost one hundred thousand dollars.  Californial resident  Debbie Balise originally wanted $250, for injuries suffered in the September 27, 2006 accident.  Bancroft told the Hawaii County Council that Balise was willing to settle …

Hawaii Island News, 03 September 2009


The Hawaii County Council has passed a bill allowing Puna landowners to use emergency shelters while they build their homes.  Once he receives the measure, Mayor Billy Kenoi will have 10 working days to sign or veto the bill.  Maoral spokesman Hunter Bishop told the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" that the mayor has not taken a position …

Hawaii Island News, 02 September 2009


According to an amended lawsuit filed by "West Hawaii Today", five County Council members violated the state's sunshine law when they went on a lobbying trip to Honolulu i April.  The lawsuit claims the council members would "quickly pass" a resolution asking for a repreived from the state's Clean Election Law.  "West Hawaii Today" believes …

Hawaii Island News, 01 September 2009


A 61-year old Leilani Estates man has confessed to shooting his 27-year old son to death.  According to the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald", Randal K. Randrup pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the December 11th, 2008 death of Hans Randrup, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket the following day at MacKenzie State Park in lower Puna.  …

Hawaii Island News, 31 August 2009


Hawaii's four island mayors are travelling to Los Angeles to promote the islands.  The mayors will meet with travel industry professionals to highlight Hawaii's culture, culinary trends, and entertainment.  Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says reductions in hotel room rates and air fares make this an ideal time to visit the islands.  The LA events …

Hawaii Island News, 30-31 August 2009


(AP).  Once again, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is opposing a bill that would give Native Hawaiians a chance to form their own government.  The commission has sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress opposing the measure.  The panel said it's against the bill because it would further subdivide Americans. The …